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Force of Nature: photos from Iowa’s dere

(NOTE: Story/photos will be updated as electricity/Internet become available) UPDATED: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14, with more photos; comments from Stacey Walker Dutch elm disease and invasive pests such as emerald ash borer change landscapes over time, but the Aug. 10, 2020, derecho windstorm that swept through Iowa with hurricane-force winds dramatically altered many parts of […]

Traditional flower of Memorial Day flour...

By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan What started as a hobby has grown into something much more for Mary and Brian Grimm. “I’d call it an addiction,” Mary said of the couple’s 700 different varieties of peonies planted at their acreage in rural Lamont, in northeastern Iowa. When they relocated from Strawberry Point in 2011, the Grimms […]

Photos: Cruisin’ the Avenue in Cedar Rap

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Windows down, music blaring, engines revving. Hundreds of hot rods, classic cars, motorcycles, vans, trucks, and convertibles with their tops down, took to First Avenue in Cedar Rapids on Saturday night, May 2, 2020, in a throwback to the past, with a social distancing twist. Cruisin’ the Avenue was a rite […]

Looking back: Cedar Rapids Cultural Cele...

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Just before social distancing became de rigueur, the Czech Heritage Foundation was among organizations to participate in the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s Community Cultural Celebration & Expo. The event, held March 7, serves as an illustrative example that understanding our differences can bring us closer together. Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart […]

Messages offer hope in signs of the time...

In these exceptionally trying times, as social distancing is encouraged and isolation becomes the norm, tiny signs of hope are emerging. Whether hand-written messages in business windows or chalk drawings on neighborhood sidewalks, Iowans are extending support to each other in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Related: Residents of Cedar Rapids nursing home test […]